Government, CSOs and community representatives from Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu met in Fiji to review laws and policies which impact on HIV and health programming initiatives and developed country action plans towards eventual revision and/or removal of laws, policies and practices that adversely affect the successful delivery of HIV services to people living with HIV, sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, as well as other key affected populations.
On 6 December 2012, UNDP in partnership with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the United Kingdom All Party Parliamentary Group on AIDS launched the Report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, ‘HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health’, at the House of Commons in London.
In a move significant to the global AIDS response and the implementation of the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, on 19 December 2012, Heads of Government of Commonwealth countries completed the process of agreeing to and adopting recommendations of the October 2011 Report of the Eminent Persons Group, ‘A Commonwealth of the People: Time for Urgent Report’. Covering a broad area of social, political and economic issues, the 2011 Report of the Eminent Persons Group aimed at strengthening and improving the effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s institutions and maintaining its relevance in the 21st century. The report noted, “The Commonwealth has to focus fresh attention on violations of human, political and civil rights if it is to continue to command attention on behalf of its member states and retain the respect of its own people.”
At present 32 states and two territories within the United States have HIV-specific criminal laws in place. Convictions under these laws can result in prison sentences, being listed on public sex offender registries, and in some cases negative implications regarding employment, housing and even the right to vote. Bringing these issues to the forefront, the ‘United States National Dialogue on the Criminalization of HIV Transmission, Exposure & Non-disclosure: The Role of States & the Federal Government’
National Dialogue on HIV & the Law in Costa Rica, 29-30 November 2012 Published on Friday, 30 November 2012 03:24 [Originally published as a Blog post by Ernesto Kraus, UNDP on the HIV, Health and Development-Net, 10 December 2012] According…
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